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Charles Clay to Thomas Jefferson, 5 December 1815

From Charles Clay

Dec. 5.—15

C. Clay to Mr Th. Jefferson

as you appeard pleased with the sample of Potatoes the Servant brought the Other Day Mrs Clay by Bob Sends you a few more for seed, She Says her mode of Cultivating them in the Garden, is to plant a fine large Single potatoe, uncut in a hill, that by doing so, she has had the finest large potatoes & greatest in Number, of all the Modes she has tryed, that by Cuting, she thinks the Vigor of the plant is lessened, the produce Smaller in size & fewer in Number, that by planting the Small Ones the produce is similar to that from Cutings, & constantly decline from year to year if persisted in, until a fine potatoe is not to be expected.—please except our friendly Salutations.

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Dec. 1815.

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